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in the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate where ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed. u.s. intelligence reportedly take part in the capture. molly henneberg has more for us from washington. >> hi, jamie, a leader in the terror world, ambitious and very dangerous and now, egyptian authorities aided have him. and the u.s. officials have been tracking him for months according to the wall street journal and interest in him intensified after some of his follow,participated in the attack on the consulate in libya. we don't have details how or when-- how or where he was detained. u.s. officials have not been able to interrogate him yet. here is what we do know: he's a former egyptian jihad member, released from prison in march -- he was in prison in egypt, he was released in march, 2011 during the arab spring. he's now the leader of the jamal network and been setting up terror training camps in libya and egypt with help from al-qaeda in yemen and trying to set up al-qaeda in egypt. meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton will be headed to capital hill in the nea
. we'll have a live report on his condition coming up in 20 minutes. >>> u.s. authorities are investigating whether a man detained in egypt played a role in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. egyptian authorities have detained mohamed jamal abu ak med. he was removed from prison after the downfall of mubarak's regime. susan, what do we now know about the arrest of the alleged terror suspect? >> hi, joe. u.s. authorities are looking at whether this man involved in an egypt-based terror network is responsible for that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi on september 11 according to a u.s. official with direct knowledge of the investigation. mohamed achmed was detained by egyptian authorities. the fbi which is conducting the investigation has not had access to him yet. following the attack he popped up on their radar. the official wouldn't comment on what led them to him. joe. >> what does this investigation mean in the big picture for the benghazi attacks? >> it's running on several different tracks. they are looking at a lot of different people to find out
remain before the u.s. goes over the edge. that means tax hikes and spending cuts that could trigger another recession. congressional leaders will meet today at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. the full house not even expected to return to work until sunday. here is the guest list for today's showdown. the president, vice president biden, senate majority leader harry reid and house minority leader nancy pelosi on the democratic side. house speaker john boehner, mitch mcconnell representing the republicans. brianna keilar live from washington. what do we expect to happen today? any new offers from the president or house speaker? >> we don't know. right now, all eyes on the senate to see what senate majority leader harry reid can cobble together to get some republican support. technically, it's still possible to come to an agreement. that said, politically is a different story, and the prospects for coming to a deal are starting to dim. right now, we're hearing a whole lot of the blame game. a lot of public posturing from both sides as they prepare for the possibility of going over the cliff. l
one is a commuter. he is part-time. he also has another job being the u.s. attorney for the state of minnesota. same thing is true at the end of the bush administration. at this time, the atf's interim acting director was also a commuter. he also had another job as a u.s. attorney in boston. and, you know, why bother having somebody do this job full time? it's like the way people who make keys and people who repair shoes sometimes share a storefront. each one is like half a business. cobbler, key cutter, and ensuring the safe and legal operation of the multibillion gun market in the united states. you can just do that on tuesdays and thursdays, right? maybe you can do that online, check into flex-time. the fact that the gun lobby and the republicans will not allow anybody to be in charge of the agency that regulates firearms in this country is one of the ridiculous anomalies about this particular field of policy and governance that the president talked about at his press conference today. he got very specific about this today in a way that he has not done before. >> there is also
new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he wants those recommends from him no later than january. the president said this time washington won't just talk about tackling gun violence. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now. >> reporter: he urged congress to vote early next year on an assault weapons ban and high ammunition clips and close the loopholes so all gun buyers are subject to background checks. >> we're going to need to work on making
. a u.s. ambassador and three others were killed in a terrorist attack on that diplomatic compound in libya. one state department official resigned wednesday and three others removed after an independent panel found security at the consulate was insufficient and state department leadership was to blame. >> the security posture at the special mission compound was inadequate for the threat environment in benghazi. and in fact, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place that night. >> the report also found the attack was not the result of protests over an anti-islamic video as was first reported. later today, two deputy secretaries of state will testify before congress about the attack. secretary of state hillary clinton will not be there. she's recovering from a concussion after fainting from the stomach flu. aides say clinton, the most traveled u.s. diplomat ever won't be making any trips at all for a few weeks. state department officials dismiss claims that clinton is faking her illness to avoid testifying. >>> vice president joe biden is getting right to business w
. that is a scathing conclusion of an independent review board investigating the deadly september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning
. >> absolutely. and you could argue that the u.s. could actually be benefitting right now because as rich grizz, we'r countries go, we're doing pretty well. this is still a very good place to invest. but there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty in our political process. i would say one other thing on the point of taxes. it's not just about math-- although i agree with mark's points. the bush tax increases on the upper income folks in the u.s. are about 5%. but they haveave big social impact because i think, again, you can look at europe and see what happens when you try to do austerity and don't have social cohesion and buy? and a feeling that everyone is doing their part. >> schieffer: mark. >> you know, my view is that these are really big issues we're trying to nail down here. this is entitlement reform, medicare, med karkd social security, the tax code. it would be lard for me to believe we could come to kumbaya over these poornz it is part of the process. it is quite amazing the way the policy makers designed this. i absolutely agree. the uncertainty is a killer. it's weighing on busine
business correspondent for "u.s. news & world report." i want to ask you about the tax increase if there is no deal and tax rates rise, when would workers begin to see that reflekr reflected in their paychecks? when does the pain start? >> this is not one tax hike. this is about nine different sets of taxes. and the one that would go up right away is the payroll tax. that was cut temporarily in 2 009, cut by two percentage points and will go back up by two percentage points and that would come out of workers' paychecks right off the bat. it would add up to something like $60, $70 a month for the typical worker. we hear about all the tax rates that are going up, that actually wouldn't involve money that is in people's pockets until they actually pay their taxes or do their tax returns the following year. because that's when they would have to calculate the amount they owe and whether they paid enough taxes in 2013. so the good and bad news about that is that is not going to affect people right away, but that also means they can put that one off for a long time and we could go --
:40 in the afternoon. susan rice remains the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. and a high-profile one at that. she's known for being very close to president obama, a long-time friend and ally for the president. she's also known for being blunt. and for being aggressively intelligent. she is a rhodes scholar. she's stanford educated. she was on the national security council staff and served as assistant secretary of state in the clinton administration. she was unanimously confirmed in 2009 for the post she holds now as the u.n. ambassador. when hillary clinton made clearer than clear that she would not stay on for a second term as secretary of state, susan rice's name was floated basically immediately as a potential nominee for that job. hers was not the only name floated for that job, but her potential nomination was given new prominence and new political heat when republican senators, led by john mcguess who decided that the political traction they could not get before the election in attacking the president for the benghazi attack, they would try to get instead after the election by attacking su
in this field. so what is the legislative low-hanging fruit now? the u.s. senate has done a very small part of it, unanimously passing a bill that allows federal officials to help local authorities respond to mass shootings or other violent crimes in public places, a jurisdictional thing. that's a start. that's something. but is it more possible now in a changed political landscape, in a changed country. what about the issue of federal research on guns? that's not allowed right now. back in the mid-'90s, an arkansas republican pushed an amendment through congress that is still in effect today. it strips the centers for disease control budget of $2.6 million specifically, because that is the exact amount the agency had spent on gun-related research. it also outlawed further research on gun control. that's what it says in the amendment. none of the funds made available for injury, prevention and control at the centers for disease control may be used to advocate or promote gun control that is still the law. or how about allowing the government to release the information it is still allowed to
to continue to be an outstanding u.s. ambassador to the united nations. i hadn't made a decision about who would be my next secretary of state. there's no doubt that susan was qualified. there are other people who are qualified as well. her interest is in serving me but most importantly serving the country. and she's done an outstanding job. i could not be prouder with her. she will continue to be one of the top members of my national security team. >> we talked about the next choice. it's interesting to watch the dominos fall. a lot of people saying john kerry now is the choice. all these same senate republicans who were challenging susan rice said john kerry will breeze through. it will be an easy confirmation. then that opens up a senate seat in massachusetts. could scott brown come back? this opens up a whole new series of conversations. >> to andrea's last point, you kind of wonder if it's only six weeks after a very, very resounding win in the election and obama was not pounding his fist standing strong, you wonder what the next four years will be. >> he was angry. >> he could wen a
they have a man in their custody they believe is connected to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi on september 11th and killed four americans including ambassador chris stephens. according to an e judicial source the man is identified as being in his late 30s. he is known to egyptian intelligence officials for his connections in the past with extremist groups in egypt and libya and his connections with groups in afghanistan and iraq. after the country's revolution he managed to escape from a prison where he was being held. it was shortly afterwards he emerged on this scene for egyptian intelligence officials who say he began trading in arms between libya into egypt and then ultimately onto gaza. right now there's no indication what role he may have played precisely in the attack on the u.s. consulate. he is being held in egyptian custody. there were some conflicting reports as to when he was actually detained. some suggested he was arrested on friday morning. there were other reports suggesting he had been arrested several weeks ago. right now he remains in egyptian custody. he ha
will not testify for now.ecovering from that concussion. john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor and good morning to you. >> good morning. bill: tell me about this review board, what do they do, who is a part of this? >> it was appointed by the state department itself to look into the incident at benghazi. this is a standard procedure. i'm sure they have written a thorough report but it will not be the end of the controversy. bill: why would it not be if it is a thorough report. >> the people did the appointing are the people who did the questions. i don't think the conclusions will necessarily withstand scrutiny. they could cover three main areas. one, why did the stated department reject continued requests for enhanced security for before september the 11th? number two, could we have done more to protect our people during the attack. and numb 3, who came up with this ridiculous story that the whole thing was provoked by the mohammed video. bill: you think you get answers to all three in a review like this. >> you have the capability of it, i do? >> this is not
you how the u.s. might respond to it. >>> up in flames a west virginia natural gas line explodes, the blast shutting down a major route through that state. >>> it could be one of the holiest twitter accounts yet, the pope sending his first tweet. wait until you see who is following. good morning, i'm don lemon, carol is off today. holiday horror, panicked shoppers rush to police after a gunman opens fire. here is the latest for you from the deadly mall shooting just south of portland, oregon. this morning, three people are confirmed dead, and a fourth victim is described as fighting for her life. police say the masked gunman killed himself as they closed in, making the motive for the killing spree all the more unclear right now. witnesses say he popped off at least 20 rounds seemingly choosing his victims at random. the shopping mall santa was among hundreds of people who heard the echo of rifle blasts. >> i was in the set there, there weren't too many kids at the time, i heard two shots and after that i heard about 15, 16 more shots and decided that that was gunshots so i hit th
targeting the u.s. facility. at the same time the state department increasingly was relying on a local libyan militia known as the 17th february brigade as well as on outside security contractor to protect the consulate. the report concludes neither provided meaningful defense on the day of the attack. jenna: what about the hearings? will secretary clinton testify on any of this information? >> reporter: well the unclassified report is lengthy but a key piece is missing. it does not address the policy piece. for example, why was it that secretary of state hillary clinton and her office felt that a smaller, or light footprint was necessary or was justified in eastern libya given the intelligence about the deteriorating security conditions? just a short time ago a senior republican here on capitol hill said secretary of state hillary clinton must testify. >> i do think it's imperative for all concerned she testify in an open session prior to any changing of the regime. i think that that's very important for her. i think it's very important for our country and i think it's very important
center can now collect information about any u.s. citizen, without any reason or cause in the name of counterterrorism. we're learning about this, more about this now because julie andwin of the "wall street journal" did a freedom of information request to find out was there even a debate most the administration about whether or not it would be allowed to take any government file, so anytime you have the government if your life, now that file could go to national counterterrorism center, for any reason. are you comfortable with that? >> greg: well, i like, i mean, i happen to enjoy surveillance but for reasons i can't get in to here. giving eric holder access is giving car keys to a kindergarten glass. why do i feel like she will be the ground game in 2016? we have imprisoned a filmmaker, expanded surveillance over america and used drones to kill americans. we painted the right being those who infringe on right. but evil is done in name of america. >> eric: al-awlaki became a u.s. citizen -- >> i'm okay with it. he's a terrorist. it's bad under bush and okay under bam. the thing i
laid up, we have a u.s. u.s. marine in mexico. it seems like the obama administration isn't doing enough to get him out. what do you say? >> been in there since august. it's almost christmas. >> jay carney says i don't know about it. >> don't know. sergeant schultz, nothing, i don't know. again, leadership dictates, i use abraham lincoln on the factor last night, a great example. pay attention to big stuff and small stuff. commander-in-chief is a president. marine served in fallujah in combat, post traumatic stress when he came back, and now incourse rated for no reason at all in mexico because they want to extort money from the family. president obama should have made a public statement. as should hillary clinton before the concussion. this is ridiculous. please let him out. we are assuming that the president is involved behind the scenes. if mexico doesn't release the corporate by christmas, i will call for boycott of mexico. >> bob: you don't think the government is trying to get him out of there? there are thousands of american prisons in mexico. >> not like this. this is egre
as if the u.s. government would not pay interest on its debts. have -- you know perfectly well will is about a million things. i have been in the country where they ran out of borrowing capacity and managed important several years to survive without that borrowing capacity. there's a million things you can do before. you don't pay your debt on the u.s. treasuries before you stop paying social security, before you do lots of other things. is he purposefully trying to elevate this to a situation that frightens people? >> in many ways -- this is like the mayan calendar. they said the world would end december 21. we are all still here. the fiscal cliff negotiations and the debts limit thing are not the end of the world and we will figure it out. the most important thing to keep in mind is long term. we want to have a healthy fiscal situation. we have to have a healthy economy. we have to address growth. here's something else that is -- totally missing from this conversation. >> jimmy? >> understand that the executive branch is required under federal law to notify the legislative branch that, fac
what michael dukakis has to say about the idea of being a u.s. senator once john kerry becomes officially the next secretary of state. being a little bit coy. could he run? here comes the new. >>> good morning from washington. it is wednesday, december 19th, 2012. this is the. i'm chuck todd. >>> today could be the day the two sides come together for a big deficit reduction deal or we could be 24 hours from it totally falling apart. that seems like telling you everything and nothing at the same time. but there's something to this. follow me here. the president and speaker boehner have really never been closer to a deal. they both made major concessions over the last i'd say 72 hours. the nation still mourning the tragedy in connecticut. both sides have admitted that the tone of the talks have changed. >> an event like that, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more stress. >>> the biggest concession from the speaker has been backing off his pledge not to raise
then ran for the u.s. senate as an independent but lost. now to this. ♪ >> south korean singing sensation psy gears up for a huge performance this weekend. there are no revelations about anti-american -- this anti-american rap song they did a few years back. the song "dear american" includes lyrics like kill those blanking yankees who have been torturing iraqi captives, kill their mothers, daughters, mothers-in-law, fathers. psy has since apologized saying the 2004 rap was protesting the killing of a south korean hostage by iraqi insurgents. but psy will still perform at the christmas in washington concert this weekend where president obama and the first family will be looking on. and senator stevphen colbert? south carolina governor nikki haley says that ain't happening. the palmetto state resident said he'd like to replace the outgoing representative. he explained why he'd be a great senator. the governor was not moved. her season? what she called stephen colbert's, quote, big, big mistake. >> what's the state drink? >> there's a state drink? >> it's milk. i didn't realize my state was
back to mortga"morn joe." there are new developments involving the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. it places most of the blame on the state department for providing extra security. they conclude a systemic management failure at the state department resulted in grossly inadequate security at the consulate where four americans were killed that night. the report says the u.s. relied on poorly skilled local militia members to safeguard the facility, and investigators found no evidence it was sparked by protests to an anti-muslim video. >> no evidence of that, and that's what, of course, the white house and the press led with after this happened. >> this is from an independent panel. >> unbelievable. gross negligence, willie, against hillary clinton's state democrat department. >> the report found no cause for disciplinary action. they made 29 recommendations to improve embassy security. secretary of state hillary clinton reportedly has accepted all of them. >> can i ask you, when is the hearing? >> thursday. >> what is she going to say at the hearing. >> she's not going to
morning. 16 days before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff, but there could be a deal in washington. a source close to the talks tells cnn house speaker john boehner is willing to hike taxes on the wealthiest americans. that's something the president says must be part of any plan. speaker boehner previously called tax increases on the top 2% a nonstarter. >>> this week president obama is expected to nominate senator john kerry as his next secretary of state. the massachusetts democrat has served in the senate for almost 30 years. he's been chairman of the senate foreign relations committee for the past four years. the massachusetts governor duvall patrick would name a replacement until a special election. >>> outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton is resting at home after suffering a concussion. she's been battling a stomach virus and fainted after becoming dehydrated. her office said it's not severe but will skip he her appearance in front of house foreign affairs committee this week. she was scheduled to testify on thursday about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi,
. >> the u.s. has just evacuated all personnel from benghazi to tripoli. >> this was a concerted effort, well organized. heavily armed. >> the american president and secretary of state and everybody else in the administration saying louddy it was because of the video. >> what happened initially, it was spon tapous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo, consequence of the video. >> they threw the libyan president under the bus. he said this is a terror attack. the administration said he doesn't know what he is talking about. >> is this guy worried about what is going non-the muslim world? >> the idea he's somebody who opportunity care is absurd. >> never ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because our people who are willing to fight for it. >> exactly two hours from now at 7:00 p.m. eastern, the first polls will close in six states. >> you cannot win as a republican if you don't win ohio. >> now you are to the point that none of this is making sense. this is not right. it will go to obama. >> bam will get obama will win by 1% of the vote. >> new detail of the ongoing and gro
of the biggest lobbying groups in the u.s. they had their hands in some 60 measures this year alone. carol, when you compare this group to, you know, the other advocacy groups, the brady campaign to stop gun violence, when you compare those two groups, the nra outspends that group some 66 times more than the brady campaign. and they spent more than 4,143 times more money on contributions. so this is a big, strong, powerful group. carol, when they talk about meaningful contributions, what does that mean? this is a group, if they were to support a ban on assault rifles, that would be a huge blow to gun makers. >> i can't see that happening. >> what does it mean, a meaningful contribution? we have yet to see. >> yeah. we have yet to see. friday's the big day when the nra will maybe spell out what those meaningful contributions are. >>> with polls showing that more americans now support stricter gun laws, the question of gun control may not be if, but when despite the nra. that's prompting many americans to go gun shopping right now. cnn's david mattingly is here to talk about this new spike in sale
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of the other airports. according to flight so far only about 70 nights cancelled in the u.s. so far today. that's a big difference from thursday and provide when that storm blew through the plains and midwest and the northeast. forcing the cancellation of more than 6000 pilots. in places like chicago, detroit, and new york. some of the 84 million drivers were traveling this holiday season also faced treacherous roads, snow and ice may continue to be problem today in the northeast. places like upstate new york and pennsylvania and west virginia. there's good news for drivers. take a look at this. right now the national for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.24. that's much less than a month ago when the average was about $3.43. but it is about the same as a year ago. tens of millions of americans travel over the next few days, the travel conditions seem to be improving at least when compared to earlier in the week. alex? >> all right. appreciate that live report. we are going to get a look now at the forecast around the country. nbc meteorologist dylan dryer is here with more on that
is very much pro-u.s., pro-growth, and bring us back to growing us inside and promoting that as opposed to saying a more broader scope. i think that broader scope will come about when you have a person with the ability to do that. i think in the end, it is about looking at their character, looking at their record, and what they have achieved. not about some video being shown. i think a has to be about real things being done to help the country. that is what i want to see. if that is what she can bring forth, great. host: by the way, here is a follow-up tweet by vatxn. now we know what that stands for. from "politico" this morning -- that is a little bit from "politico" on that fiscal cliff. david, thank you for holding. caller: yes, good morning. host: what do you think about hillary clinton could go future? caller: i do not think she will run. [indiscernible] we have the man that we need [indiscernible] we are not working. there is no way the government can be supported. host: that was david from georgia them but we are able to bring you some live events to date on c-span. this afterno
one issue. this is's did fining issue for u.s. foreign policy. you know, secretary of state is kind of a first among equals in the cabinet. and would be taken seriously by the president. so secretary of state who brought a tremendous amount of strength and credibility and passion to that issue -- >> bill: john kerry secretary of state. 1-866-55-press. what do you think? now, i just have -- the other half, right or the other side of the coin maybe whatever analogy you want to use, if he becomes secretary of state some people say oh my god that's going to open up a senate race in massachusetts. and that means scott brown gets automatically back in. not necessarily. it depends on who runs against scott brown. i had a long talk saturday night with ed marquee congressman ed markey ninth in seniority in the house of representatives. he's told me, he told other people too, he would take a look at it which is just this short of saying he would definitely run. but if ed markee was senator from massachusetts, you wo
, the position of secretary of state should not be politicized. as a sitting u.s. national security official who served in two u.s. administrations, i am saddened we have reached this point before you decided whom to nominate. as qualified as she is for her work in foreign policy, this is one area where she may be wrong because, in fact, all positions are political and politicized. well before president obama had been reelected, the fight over his cabinet nominations began. the republican opposition to rice was led early and often by senator john mccain who claimed she was unqualified for job of secretary of state and not very bright. rice's sunday talk show round up after the september 11th attacks in benghazi, libya put her in front to provide information. as it turns out, she had not written the material she delivered that day and was not dishonest about her understanding of the attacks. funny thing, they don't have to be there to play the game. the biggest there that wasn't there in politics, another presidential adviser with talking points. secretary of state hopeful making the case for her
for the u.s. senate. >>> coming up, no cause for concern -- that's the word on nelson mandala as the anti-apartheid legend rests in a south african hospital. >>> plus, should the gop jump on the marijuana legalization bandwagon? might not sound like a good fit. but stay tuned. we'll work it over in the war room, next. the truth about mascara is... it clumps. introducing a revolutionary new mascara. clump crusher...crusher. 200% more volume. zero clumps. new clump crusher from easy, breezy, beautiful covergirl. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. [ cheers and applause ] >>> that's one of the fifrs couples to tie the knot in washington state just after midnight last night. the first time same-sex couple there is could legally get hitched. voters approve the new law last month, making washington state now one of nine states plus the district of columbia that allows same-sex marriages. i'm craig melvin welcome back on this sunday afternoon. here's a quick look at other top stories m
. the 18 year old is a registered sex offender. he is from peru and in the u.s. on an expired visa. the intern clearly tried to deceive the santor. >> brian: this next story is crazy. >> steve: justin beiber the target of a murder plot. ♪ >> steve: a convicted killer serving time in a practicon in new mexico accused of hatching a plan. martin was angry because of all of his fan mail to beiber went unworried . he recruited two hit men to strangle beiber and his bodyguard in a recent concert in new york city. it is it a terrible story it didn't happen. >> brian: this is not a joke, this is it a scoreboard from a girl's high school basketball game. final score 107-2. his players were not trying to run up. it would be more embarrassing for his players to stop shooting . the losing team's coach was disappointed >> gretchen: victoria secret model may be well rounded but not the singing skills e. ♪ deck the halls of boughs with -- my god. no, is it falalala. >> we sing . ♪ santa baby. okay, let's get back to work. >> brian: is that work. >> gretchen: a spokesperson for victoria secr
in 1998 when that guy walked in and killed two u.s. capitol policemen. and i thought, i mean, how many times do we have to go through this? this is coming from a guy, by the way, that's from the south. this is coming from a guy that owns guns, that sit in my home unloaded. no kids in my house, just to be clear. this is coming from a guy they grew up in a household with guns that sat in a locked gun closet. i knew that if i went near them my father was going to beat the hell out of me. i knew it. but we are now at a tipping point. we are now at a stage where we are almost ten years after the assault weapons ban has expired. if you need a 223, if you need an ak-47 to shoot bambi, you have bigger problems. you don't need those guns. you don't need them to go hunting. i get gun rights. i totally like gun rights. but you don't need those kinds of things. and you don't need crazy people being able to get them, either through their parents, through loopholes going through these gun shows, no background checks. >> internet sites. >> internet sites. it's ridiculous. way too many loopholes. way
hikes to save the u.s. from becoming greece. is that anything new? >> not really. i mean, lindsey graham has been at the forefront of many of the republican battles, some of them which he won, the susan rice battle. the important thing to remember is senator graham is up for re-election in 2014, expects a primary challenge for the right. so every time and minute he can spend on national television looking tough against the president is smart. politically for him. the interesting thing to see is whether the fiscal cliff debate will move towards the senate now. we've seen speaker boehner and the president at the center of this for weeks. doesn't look like they can come together. can mitch mcconnell or anyone on the republican sidestep forward in these last nine days remains to be seen. >> david drucker, to you. we had senator chuck schumer saying we were this close to getting a deal done. how close is "this close" now? and what did that entail? >> well, you know, i think it depends on what you think is "this close." from what we can tell, it looked as though speaker boehner and president o
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, has issued a scathing report, finding what it calls schematic failures at the state department leading up to the tack, which took the lives of chris stevens and three other americans. abc's martha raddatz, who has read the report this morning, has the details. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the report calls the security in benghazi grossly inadequate, despite repeated requests for increased staffing. the report also cites poor leadership win the diplomatic department. saying certain senior state department officials demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their response to the security concerns in benghazi. hillary clinton has already responded to the independent review, saying she will adopt all 29 recommendations, including additional marine corps security guards. but there's one conclusion that also stands out. the board determined that those u.s. personnel on the ground in benghazi performed with courage and willingness to risk their own lives to protect their colleagues in an impossible situation. josh? >> ce
investigation on the terror attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. hearings and testimony in the house and senate begin on thursday. >>> senator john kerry, expected to be president obama's pick to be the next secretary of state. according to a democratic source, a formal announcement could come next week. his current role as chair of the senate foreign relations committee, kerry has traveled the world to soothe strained relations, including traveling to pakistan after the death of osama bin laden. >>> all eyes on washington to see if lawmakers can strike a deal to avoid tax increases and spending cuts. >>> and in japan, the nikkei is trading higher. despite economic upbeat data on the global economy, u.s. markets ended lower. >>> can u.s. be making strides in the fiscal cliff negotiations? john boehner has offered to extend the debt limit for a year as part of the deficit reduction deal. the debt limit stands at 16$16. trillion. raising it further requires an act of congress, something republicans strongly oppose. boehnaioehner proposed higher t rates for those americans making more t
. the opposition stems from comments she made on sunday talk shows after the september attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. and now there are new questions about a possible conflict of interest. let's bring in congressman gregory meeks, democrat from new york. also a member of the house foreign affairs committee. thanks for swinging by on this saturday afternoon, congressman. >> good being with you, craig. >> first of all, is ambassador rice, is she the candidate that you would like to see put forth? >> ambassador vice a brilliant woman. i've known her for a while. she is from the clinton administration. i've senn her work. she is a rhodes scholar. she has done excellent work as the u.n. ambassador. i think she would be a great secretary of state. >> do you think that she is the woman who ends up getting nominated, or do you think at the end of the day we'll end up seeing someone perhaps like a john kerry? >> that's up to the president of the united states, of course. but i would say he has a wide selection of individuals to choose from. but susan rice would be on the very top of my
on thursday as planned about the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. joining me now is former state department egypt officer joel ruben. good to have you here. this long-awaited independent report on the attack that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others in benghazi is going to be presented to the state department today. secretary clinton is not going to be there. is it crucial that she testify at some point in all of this, because this is another example of where she's not appearing before these meetings, before these committees. >> well, thomas, this is a very important week for the accountability review board. the results are coming out today to the state department. they'll be in open session later in the week with the two top deputies to secretary clinton. it is unfortunate that she's ill and certainly to have her forcefully communicate the results of the report would be excellent. she is the best at this, the best that the administration has to offer, but her deputies are very strong and they will make the arguments that need to b
international markets and u.s. markets say you have to do something but they're not talking so a lot going on with no discussions between the white house and the speaker's office. >> excellent. >> washington, d.c. at work. >> well, i do want to go off the cliff. not nobody. >> you're on tv and not the halls in congress here. you have much more of a voice there. you can have more of an opportunity to shape the discussions. >> sometimes things work out the way they're supposed to. go, wiz. >> can you say that? >> we'll bring in dana mill bank. you heard from luke said there. what's going on in the republican caucus right now? we had all the stories of john boehner, how he had eric cantor backing him now, he has the caucus under control. they were chastened by the electoral results. now it looks like we're having a replay of 2011. the president gave pretty significant concessions here. i have to say social security benefit cuts are very hard for a lot of democrats, myself included, to swallow and yet it looks like boehner still can't get the caucus to come along. so, what's going on there wit
else that won't help republicans out of their mess, u.s. congressman louie gohmert is out there suggesting the obama administration is in cahoots with the muslim brotherhood. who is buying this malarkey? malarkey is a good word. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> back to "hardball." now to the "sideshow." first, after president obama and mitt romney got together for their post-election lunch yesterday, jon stewart reflected on the event with help from the '80s movie "coming to america." >> the event was actually closed to cameras, but we have some footage of governor romney arriving to the white house. i believe that's him there, and then he's getting out, and then -- the campaign is over so he doesn't have to pretend anymore. he can finally wear that serengeti lion sash he hadn't been wearing. >>> also we've heard from republicans who are ditching grover norquist' no tax pledge, but how one of them freed himself without admitting he was backpedaling. from chris gibson, representative gibson signed the pledge as a candidate in 2010 for the 20th congressional d
al qaeda event that killed four people, tunisians, protecting the u.s. embassy there. so in a matter of two days you had an al qaeda-affiliated event. the intelligence said they're looking for western targets. that he want to be more aggressive. all of that is right. what i find absolute grossings in is they did not-- negligence is they did not take the right precautions -- >> schieffer: are the me just-- >> nor did they have the right plans to get them out. i tell you, this is a serious, serious event here-- >> schieffer: where will, did these people ask for help? weren't they asking for help? weren't they telling the people back in washington we need some security here? and why didn't they get it, congressman? >> that is a big part of the problem here is that if you don't-- >> well, we seem to have lost the congressman. senator, maybe you can help us. >> well, i can answer that. the ambassador was unhappy. there was a state department cable from tripoli that indicated concern with the security. some improvements were made. they were, clearly, inadequate improvements. and the outsid
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's look at the "morning papers." "the washington post." the u.s. army will seek the death penalty against staff sergeant robert bells. his defense team says he shouldn't face the death penalty because he was serving his fourth deployment in a war zone. >>> "los angeles times." robert bork died of heart disease. he was solicitor general during watergate. he worked on romney's campaign as a senior judicial adviser. he was 85. >> "the san francisco chronicle," publicly voicing concerns over the new film "zero dark thirty." it tells the story of the hunt for osama bin laden and includes several graphic for tour seasons. the senators called the film "grossly inaccurate and misleading." they would. and said "there is a social and moral obligation to get the facts right," which "zero dark thirty" does. no editorial there. mark. >> "usa today," the air force is turning to espn and other video outlets to help manage its grow ing drones. it did not lead to technological breakthroughs but helped them develop new techniques. 325,000 hours of video material. >> and "the providence journal," 20-year-ol
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